• Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 03:22 PM
    In both her fiction and non-fiction, Ayn Rand made more than a few trenchant observations about the kind of "concrete-bound" mentality that seeks to reduce everything to gross physicality (such as mere "bodies" that are "black or brown" - or "meat from the grocery store"). She called such people the "mystics of muscle." Quite apropos, no? Also relevant to all this is the following article at New Discourses: To Boldly Go: Critical Animal Studies, the Final Frontier https://newdiscourses.com/2020/10/boldly-go-critical-animal-studies-final-frontier/ Timon Cline (15 October 22020)
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 PM
    I was struck by exactly the same sense when I watched the documentary videos about the events at Evergreen State College (see post #25 in this thread). When the context would call for reference to "people" (either in the abstract, or with respect to particular individuals), the student "activists" would sometimes speak of "black and brown bodies" ... not "people" ... "bodies" ... I found it extremely off-putting and creepy. But I guess that's just my "white privilege" coming through ...
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  • Slave Mentality's Avatar
    Today, 01:57 PM
    Stick around. We need all the liberty lovers we can get.
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Today, 07:36 AM
    Yes, in the letter they suggest making sure the home owners insurance is up to date. Those sending the letter should make sure their life insurance is up to date.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Today, 05:16 AM
    Actually "the streets" are exactly where this battle belongs. Only problem is that these lefties have managed to get most of the right to coalesce around the kops. Whether this is by design or sheer dumb luck the only way the police state will grow is with the backing and encouragement of the WASP population. Kop worship was waning what with beating and killing WASP's and their dogs, maiming babies etc....Then this BLM bullshit took off sending the WASPs scampering back to their suburban enclaves whimpering for the kops to protect 'em from the hoodrats and their army... This "fight" needs to be between the hoodrats and the WASP's and it needs to be bloody and barbaric, kops need to be forced to take sides or stand down, both sides need to test each others mettle and resolve without relying on the government to back their play. It will come to that and I'd rather settle the issues than leave them for my progeny.
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  • tod evans's Avatar
    Today, 02:39 AM
    Cities..... Meh.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318734787876691968 1318734787876691968 https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318735701681315847 1318735701681315847 https://twitter.com/LaurenWitzkeDE/status/1318737844001792002 1318737844001792002
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:30 PM
    Stealing the Motte: Critical Social Justice and the Principle of Charity https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMUzdrQi0yA Subscribe to this podcast on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, YouTube, or by RSS. There is a rhetorical strategy called the “motte and bailey” that is getting increasingly famous lately. This is because it is one of the central tools of the Critical Social Justice movement. In that strategy, named after a kind of castle, a highly defensible “motte” position, like “we just want to treat people more fairly,” is maintained while also pushing a more radical “bailey” position, like “we need to radically remake our school systems so that no one can fail.” Activists advance the bailey and, when pressed on it, retreat to the motte until scrutiny and pressure go away, at which point they return to the bailey. In this episode of the New Discourses Podcast, your host James Lindsay explores the principle of charity in debate and dialogue in the context of the motte-and-bailey rhetorical strategy. His goal is to explain how the game of critical theories is not the same game the rest of us play in broadly liberal societies. In fact, the critical game seeks to disrupt and dismantle the liberal game and replace it with its own. Exploiting the principle of charity is one of the most common ways it can achieve this.
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    Yesterday, 08:20 PM
    Olbermann playing the spittle-spewing loony again ... (projection is a helluva drug ...) https://twitter.com/RubinReport/status/1318679953458622465 1318679953458622465
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  • Philhelm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:52 PM
    Thanks. I couldn't recall exactly where it was from, but that's it.
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  • Slave Mentality's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    Did they at least let him finish?
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    Yesterday, 07:27 PM
    These Israeli doctors are so smart that it took them seven months to figure out what RPF posters have been screaming since March.
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  • Slave Mentality's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Word. They have been keeping the fear going by forced diapering all Summer, lest the herd forget about it and go on with living. The virus is just the tool...it going to get much worse after the election no matter who wins. It always has.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:22 PM
    Also reported for White Supremacy ("Perfectionism", "Only One Right Way", "Either/Or Thinking").
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:16 PM
    Reported for whiteness.
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    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    All of which can be encompassed in a simple, two-word phrase favored by the "woke" - and that phrase is "lived experience." "Lived experience" is the distilled essence of "woke" arbitrariness. In fact, I'm going to make this the subject of my next post in the Critical Theory thread. And here it is: The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" A sample:
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    https://twitter.com/ConceptualJames/status/1302755699424931840 1302755699424931840 The Poverty of "Lived Experiences" https://newdiscourses.com/2020/10/poverty-lived-experiences/ I. Karamozov (04 October 2020) Political dissidents who get into arguments with Woke Folk over the exact nature of “systems of oppression” will inevitably find themselves confronted by rhetoric of a sort that often catches them off guard. This rhetoric is, by design, meant to paint political dissidents as myopic stooges who are unwilling to “listen to the Lived Experiences of marginalized people,” thus making them unwittingly complicit in systems of oppression. In this essay, we will explore the concept of “Lived Experiences” (capitalized and scare-quoted) as understood by Woke Folk, and why this conceptualization is fundamentally deficient. Political dissidents would be well advised to consider the arguments of this essay with care, as “Lived Experiences” are foundational to Woke Ideology; indeed, dismantling Woke notions of “Lived Experiences” may be the single most effective means of preserving the integrity of liberal democratic institutions from Woke encroachment. Consequently, a firm understanding of the topic and of how to address it when engaging with Woke ideology will be the focus of this essay. Before we can address what the concept of “Lived Experiences” entails, however, we must address its function. As was mentioned in an earlier essay, the empirical claims that are made by Woke Folk seldom survive evidential and analytical scrutiny. This is a problem for ideas in a culture which values such things as evidence and reasoned argument (as opposed to arguments from authority and moral blackmail.) Evidence and reasoned argument are the currency with which ideas earn their right to be taken seriously in liberal democracies. The tenets of Woke ideology, which are in frequent conflict with both, must therefore somehow be made adaptable to an environment which is hostile to dogmatic proclamations of unsubstantiated certainty, and the concept of “Lived Experiences” is the mechanism intended to achieve this.
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  • Philhelm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:49 PM
    He looks like he'd have a choad. In fact, he looks like a walking choad.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:48 PM
    @wokal_distance on "Ways of Knowing" Twitter thread: https://twitter.com/wokal_distance/status/1306880707030024192 Thread compiled @ threadreaderapp.com: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1306880707030024192.html 1/ "Ways of knowing" If you want to know why the Woke ignore statistics, science, facts, and reason, and instead use feelings, emotions, intuition, and "lived experience" then you need to know what the woke mean by "ways of knowing."
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  • Philhelm's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:38 PM
    I forget where I saw the white supremacy pamphlet (maybe here, maybe even posted by AF), but it seems that being a decent human being is a form of white supremacy.
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  • Occam's Banana's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:51 PM
    Garrison didn't make an "argument," he made a cartoon - a cartoon contrasting Biden's statement about Antifa with the shooting in Denver. The tattoo wasn't being presented as "evidence" of anything. Garrison's implication of Antifa was made via the label on the gun, not via the tattoo. Except for the tattoo, there is nothing in the cartoon that indicates what (if any) actual person or event is being represented. The purpose of the tattoo is to ground the representation in the Denver shooting by Dolloff. The point of the cartoon is that Dolloff (as identified by the tattoo) is Antifa (as alleged by the big red "ANTIFA" label on the gun) - and that Antifa is thus not "just an idea."
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  • Dr.3D's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    And she would be correct. What makes this virus so special, people need to hide from it?
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  • RJB's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:37 PM
    Is it a slow day at the office for ya?
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